Kovalam beach is among the most sought-after exotic beach holiday destination of Kerala. Kovalam has emerged as one of the enchanting beach destination with most tranquil and exotic views of nature. Kovalam has 3 beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km shoreline, the 3 together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach.
• Lighthouse Beach
The southernmost beach, the Lighthouse Beach is the one most frequented visited by tourists, Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the older Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a 35 metre high at the top of the Kurumkal hillock. The lighthouse is constructed using stones, is coloured in white and red bands and enjoys a height of 118 legs. It has intermittent beams throughout the night leave the beach with a charm.
• Hawah Beach
Eve’s Beach, commonly referred to as Hawa Beach, ranks second, in the first day, is a beehive of activities with fisherman setting out for sea. With a high rock peninsula along with a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a distinctive view on moonlit nights.
• Samudra Beach
A huge promontory divides this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn’t have tourists thronging there or business. The local fisherman plies their trade on this part.
Detour past Kovalam junction to reach on Samudra Beach that is to the north of Ashoka Beach. The sight of the waves lashing on the rocks below is wonderful. Shallow waters extending for hundreds of yards are ideal for swimming pool. The beaches have tight hands coated headlands and are lined with shops that offer a variety of services and products.
The bigger of the beaches is named Lighthouse Beach for its lighthouse which towers over it atop Kurumkal hillock. The 2nd biggest one is Hawah Beach named thus for the topless European women who used to throng there. It had been the first topless beach in India. Nevertheless, topless bathing is prohibited now except coves owned by hotels. Visitors regular both of these beaches. The northern part of the beach is known as Samudra Beach in tourism idiom. A huge promontory divides this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn’t have tourists thronging there or business. The local fisherman plies their trade on this part. The sands on the beaches of Kovalam are partially black in colour. The normal tourist season is from Sept to May. Ashoka beach also forms a part of Kovalam beach.
There are a whole lot of seashore hotels in and around Kovalam The ocean port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for its particular varieties of fish, older Hindu temples churches and a mosque. The proposed International Trans shipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is situated south of Kovalam.
Kovalam was among the most outstanding tourist spots in India throughout the summertime. It has a higher status among tourists, who arrive largely from Europe and Israel. Kovalam is discovering brand new importance in the light of Ayurvedic salons, and recuperation and regeneration hotels that provide a broad selection of treatments for tourists.